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April 2023
Background: Old Wood Building - Caption: April President's Letter
President's Letter

This week I was heading to eastern Idaho for meetings in American Falls, Rexburg and Ashton when I drove by a building that I have driven by for many years. A building that has always fascinated me. This time I stopped. 

The building is located on the bypass near the Ridgeway Road exit in Hazelton, part way between Twin Falls and Burley on Interstate 84. I am not sure what the building once was. Maybe it was a school. Maybe a church or a Grange Hall. But whatever it was, at one point in time it must have been a very important building in the community. It must have been a beautiful building, with stained glass windows on the west side. At some point in its history, it was once a focal point in its community.

Now, it’s abandoned, falling prey to time and gravity. For me, this building and what it once was, is a good reminder that communities don’t just happen. They aren’t there by accident. They take nurturing and care, their vibrancy vigorously guarded by their members.

When that care goes away, when the community members let down their guard, or the next generation doesn’t take up the cause, this building is a reminder of what can happen. It’s a constant reminder for the thousands of cars that pass by it every day on the interstate. Similar reminders can be found in communities across Idaho.

I realize communities change. They grow and evolve and not every gathering place is forever. But for an organization like ours, whose mission is to help build thriving communities in Idaho, buildings like this are a good reminder that we have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure  the people in our communities have the resources they need to ensure that whatever places identify them as a community “still are” as opposed to “once were.”

Have a good April and I hope spring arrives soon. 

Best wishes,
Steve Burns

Background: Multi-colored shapes - Caption: Celebration of Philanthropy - Celebrating over $25 million of giving in east Idaho! - Wednesday, May 17 | Idaho Falls
Save the Date to celebrate Eastern Idaho Philanthropy!

We hope you’ll join us for an in-person event celebrating philanthropy in eastern Idaho. We are honored to be your partner in charitable giving. Together, we granted more than $1.4 million from Island Park to Bear Lake in 2022. Since our grantmaking began in 1990, we’ve granted more than $25 million in the region. That’s a great reason to throw a party!

We will recognize retiring Board Director Steve Carr as a champion of philanthropy at the event by presenting him with the Friend of the Foundation Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the Idaho Community Foundation and to Idaho.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (award presentation at 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls
Cost: $50 per person, includes hearty appetizers, beer, wine, cider and nonalcoholic beverages, and admission to the museum exhibits.

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We are so pleased to welcome Clark Hyvonen as our new Philanthropic Advisor for Southwest Idaho and South Central Idaho. He will help Idahoans make their communities even better through philanthropy by working with them to create charitable giving funds to support their favorite causes and organizations.

Clark has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He previously worked for the University of Idaho as the director of estate, trust and gift planning.

He and his wife live in Star. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Clark enjoys athletics of any kind and has played and coached football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey and soccer.

Clark traced his ancestry and discovered he is descended from Norwegian Vikings on his mother’s side and a Mayflower passenger on his father’s side. He also enjoys hiking and camping in Idaho’s backcountry.

“I’m looking forward to helping Idahoans make a meaningful charitable impact in their community,” Clark said.

Congratulations, Kris Kamann!
Senior Philanthropic Advisor Kris Kamann is now certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®, one of only four in Idaho.

The CAP designation is issued by the American College of Financial Services, the premier education institution dedicated to the development of financial services professionals.

“I look forward to providing even more robust charitable giving services to Idahoans who want to give where they live,” Kris said.

Congratulations, Peter Faucher!
Our North Idaho Philanthropic Advisor, Peter Faucher, was selected for the 2023 class of Leadership Coeur d’Alene, a highly competitive program administered by the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber. 

Leadership Coeur d’Alene was created to further engage and educate leaders in business, education, the arts, religion, government and community-based organizations. The program meets monthly to learn about and discuss a wide variety of issues such as the economy, government, media, public safety and philanthropy. Speakers will include local CEOs, elected officials and other community leaders. The 2023 class will also plan and execute the sessions in 2024.

“I’m excited and incredibly honored to be selected for this year’s Leadership class,” said Peter. “I know we all have one thing in common – to make our community a better place.”

Background: Blue Diamonds - Caption: Langroise Fund in ICF awards $646k+ Background: None - Caption: Upcoming Deadlines

The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation has awarded grants of nearly $550,000 to community organizations in Ada and Canyon counties. In addition, almost $100,000 more will be awarded statewide through the community foundation’s Forever Idaho Grant Cycles in 2023. 

The Langroise Fund was established through a $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise. Mrs. Langroise died in 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday.  

The fund supports the health, education and welfare of children and college students. It has awarded more than $12.5 million since 2000. 

The Boise Philharmonic ($95,000), The College of Idaho ($90,000), Children’s Home Society ($85,000) and St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont. ($45,000) received the largest grants. See the rest of the grants.

Bonner County Endowment for Human Rights
The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests from organizations whose activities reflect commitment to the ideal that everyone is equal, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Grant requests up to $8,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is April 30.

Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement
The Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that demonstrate how the arts encourage creative and critical thinking, stimulate economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in a community.

Grants typically range from $3,000-$12,000. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is April 30.

F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is accepting applications for projects related to the arts in the southeast Idaho counties of Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power. Grants may fall under two categories:

  • Supporting arts activities that will provide entertainment or art-related education to the general public. 
  • Supporting the education, skills training, performance, or display opportunities for local artists.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select East Idaho. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Junior Garnier & Bud Ashford Military Veterans Fund
The Junior Garnier & Bud Ashford Military Veterans Fund in ICF is accepting applications for veteran’s organizations located in Bonner and Boundary counties that are serving veterans in that region. This includes American Legion posts, Disabled American Veterans chapters, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States posts, Vietnam Veterans of America chapters, and Marine Corps League detachments.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is May 1.
Background: Blue Color - Caption: New Funds Background: Green Diamonds - Caption: Now Available: Fund Portal Training Memorials and Honors

Lincoln Family Education Foundation Scholarship Fund – Created by the Lincoln Family Education Foundation of Boise to provide financial aid to graduates of high schools in the Treasure Valley YMCA service area pursuing a degree at an accredited college, university, community college or professional technical program.

Now Available: Fund Portal Training
The Idaho Community Foundation is now offering one-on-one training to our fundholders about how to access your charitable fund information in real time. Email Boone Kizer to schedule an appointment.

You will learn how to use your fund portal to:

  • See contributions to and grants from your ICF fund.
  • Make grant recommendations.
  • View the investment performance of your fund.
  • Update your contact information and change your password.
This training is personalized for you so feel free to ask any questions. Contact Boone to set up your session.

The Idaho Community Foundation recognizes gifts made as memorials to those who have passed or as a tribute to honor someone. Memorial and honor donations can be made on our website, by check or by transfer from a bank, brokerage account, IRA, etc. When possible, gifts received from IRAs, donor advised funds, etc. will recognize the name of the person who requested the donation.

The following gifts were received since our last newsletter:
In Memory of Phil Batt
Freda Cenarrusa
Ray and Linda Stark

In Honor of Larry Geyer
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Nicole Geyer
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Dave Owen
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Dr. Jack Soltman
Sally Soltman and Scott Russell

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